This genuine cabochon ruby from Sri Lanka has
been mounted in an 18 karat gold ring.
In the Ancient East, the ruby was considered to
be the luckiest of gems, able to confer protection
from misfortune. A member of the corundum
family, the ruby is primarily found in India,
Burma, and Ceylon. Sanskrit writing refers to it as
the "king of gems". Because of its rich red color,
the ruby is thought to prevent diseases of the
blood and stomach. In eastern philosophy, the
ruby is believed to endow its owner with peace
and prosperity. Its warm glow casts a spell over
the heart of all who behold it. '